1. I would like to recommend you to register a Google webmaster account and install GA scripts on your own site for this purpose. "Link:" search on Google would usually return less backlinks.
2. Blogging, blog commenting and social bookmarking would be really helpful for increasing backlinks.
There are many ways you can create backlinks try press release, article submission, blog posting and blog commenting, social bookmarking, forum posting with your site url on your signature, and etc.. you can use yahoo site explorer to check your backlinks or you can use google webmaster tool or you can manually check by typing on google search bar "link:http://siteurl.com"
Google is very tricky in case of showing backlinks, they never give us any clear information yet how they measure links worth showing.
Try to get links page from better page rank (at least 2).
I just launched a new forum which is SNIPPED and I really need visitors. The site seems to be dying at the moment and my only hope is backlinks to help with SEO. Can someone please provide me with the BEST tips on how I can get ranked plz?
There are number of ways with which you can increase your website backlinks. Forum Posting, Blog Posting, Article Submission, Link Exchange, are the most popular for getting backlinks. Here are some other ways of link building, which are used to increase link popularity.
1. Directory submission
2. Blog commenting
4. Search engine submission
6. PR submission
7. Social bookmarking
8. video promotion
There are hundred of sites for you to submit your article but the goldmines will be EzineArticles,go articles, Buzzle and idea marketers. Just remember to put two anchor text link in your resource box to maximize the potential of getting more increase targeted website traffic.